CIA contractor faces felony assault count in US

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 18:21

Denver: Prosecutors filed a felony
assault charge against a CIA contractor accused of getting
into a fight over a parking space in the state of Colorado
months after he was involved in a fatal shootout in Pakistan.

Raymond Davis, 37, was arrested Saturday after an
altercation outside a bagel shop in Highlands Ranch, a
community south of Denver where he lives.

Davis has not yet entered a plea. His defence attorney,
William Frankfurt, didn`t immediately return a call seeking

Authorities have released few details about the fight and
did not identify the other person involved.

KUSA-TV said two drivers wanted the same spot in a
crowded parking lot.

One driver pulled up behind the other, rolled down a
window and began shouting, and the confrontation escalated
into a physical fight, the station reported.

In January, Davis said he shot two Pakistani men who
tried to rob him in Lahore. The case enraged many in the
country, where anti-American sentiment runs high.

The US insisted Davis had immunity from prosecution, but
he was not released until March 16 under a deal in which the
victims` families agreed to accept USD 2.34 million in "blood
money" under Islamic tradition.

Pakistan`s security agencies came under intense domestic
criticism for freeing Davis.

Davis was charged with second-degree assault-crime of
violence. If convicted, he could face a possible prison term
of five to 16 years.

He was originally arrested on suspicion of a lesser
charge of third-degree assault, a misdemeanour. That charge
carries a possible penalty of six to 18 months in a county

District attorney`s spokeswoman Casimir Spencer said
prosecutors opted for the more serious charge because it was
appropriate. She declined to elaborate.

Davis also faces a misdemeanour charge of disorderly
conduct, which carries a sentence of up to six months in
county jail.

Davis appeared yesterday in a court in Castle Rock, south
of Denver. He was free on USD 1,750 bond and expected to
return to court for another hearing today.

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First Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 18:21

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